Romanian assistant referee Octavian Sovre’s decision to ask Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland to autograph his yellow and red cards raised some eyebrows but the charity that is set to benefit from a cash boost are not complaining.

“The red and yellow signed cards which my kindergarten classmate Octavian donated to our SOS Autism Bihor centre will be used for a noble cause,” Simona Zlibut, who oversees a therapy centre set up by parents, told Reuters.

Zlibut’s own 21-year-old daughter is autistic and she claims the centre depends on donations. “My little girl doesn’t know when to go to the bathroom, she cannot eat alone and the costs are enormous,” said Zlibut.

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Assistant referee Sovre managed to get the Norway international Haaland to sign the cards at the end of the Champions League…

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